Subjects — E

Elegance Quotations

Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.

Even the wisest woman you talk to is ignorant of something you may know, but an elegant woman never forgets her elegance.

We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.

It is not possible for a man to be elegant without a touch of femininity.

A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.

Why has elegance found so little following? Elegance has the disadvantage that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it.

Elegance is not a dispensable luxury but a quality that decides between success and failure.

Edsger W. Dijkstra Wikipedia: Edsger W. Dijkstra  


The traditional mathematician recognizes and appreciates mathematical elegance when he sees it. I propose to go one step further, and to consider elegance an essential ingredient of mathematics: if it is clumsy, it is not mathematics.

The mathematician’s patterns, like the painter’s or the poet’s must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colours or the words must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in this world for ugly mathematics.

G. H. Hardy Wikipedia: G. H. Hardy  

A Mathematician’s Apology, London, 1941

Always remember, however, that there’s usually a simpler and better way to do something than the first way that pops into your head.

Donald Knuth Wikipedia: Donald Knuth  

The TeXbook, 1984